CA – Wizards Soundtrack Signing

Composer Andrew Belling and cover artist William Stout appear at Dark Delicacies on Sunday, July 9th at 4:00 PM to sign the vinyl soundtrack to the classic Ralph Bakshi animated film WIZARDS!

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

CT – Worlds Collide Signing

Actor/author Chris Colfer, star of Glee, appears at the Morgan School on Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM to present WORLDS COLLIDE, the latest novel in his Land of Stories series! Tickets available at the link.

About this author:
Chris Colfer is a Golden Globe-winning actor best known for his role as “Kurt Hummel” on Glee. Chris Colfer has also made a name for himself as the author of the highly successful Land of Stories series. The New York Times bestselling books follow the adventures of twins as they travel through a land filled with fairy tale characters. Colfer also wrote an episode of Glee, as well as writing, starring in, and producing the comedy Struck by Lightning.

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The Morgan School
27 Killingworth Tpke, Clinton, Connecticut 06413
(860) 664-6504

CA – Art of Wonder Woman Signing

Press Release:

Gallery Nucleus welcomes select artists from the film Wonder Woman. Join us on July 8th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm as the artists give us a behind the scenes look at the development of this exciting new film.

Featured Panelists / Artists:
Benton Jew – Illustrator
Anson Jew – Storyboard Artist
Court Chu – Concept Artist
Houston Sharp – Illustrator & Concept Artist
Craig Elliott – Illustrator & Concept Artist
Kelton Cram – Concept Illustrator
Jay Oliva – Storyboard Artist

Event Schedule:
2:00 – 3:00 Artist Discussion Panel
3:00 – 3:30 Q & A
3:40 – 4:00 Intermission
4:00 – 5:00 Book Signing

Admission:
FREE with the purchase of an Art of Wonder Woman book or $5 without purchase.

Event Guidelines:
Tickets can be purchased at the link.
– General Admission Pre-sale ticket holders are guaranteed entrance.
– Non-ticket holders ARE NOT guaranteed entrance if the event is sold out. We have a limited capacity in the gallery and cannot guarantee entrance for non-ticket holders.
– Due to time constraints, each attendee is allowed only 2 signing items per person. Artists will not be doing sketches.
– If you do not purchase a book from us for signing, and you bring your own book, then an outside signing fee of $10 will be charged at the door.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL. No refunds will be given if you cannot make the event.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

NYC – Worlds Collide Launch Party

Actor/author Chris Colfer, star of Glee, appears at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Tuesday July 11, 2017 at 6:30 PM to present WORLDS COLLIDE, the latest novel in his Land of Stories series!

About this author:
Chris Colfer is a Golden Globe-winning actor best known for his role as “Kurt Hummel” on Glee. Chris Colfer has also made a name for himself as the author of the highly successful Land of Stories series. The New York Times bestselling books follow the adventures of twins as they travel through a land filled with fairy tale characters. Colfer also wrote an episode of Glee, as well as writing, starring in, and producing the comedy Struck by Lightning.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

ID10T Fest Adds Con Man, Animaniacs & Futurama Panels

Chris Hardwick’s Id10t Music Festival + Comic Conival, has added panels featuring the stars of Con Man, Animaniacs, and Futurama to their schedule for this weekend’s festival at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and the surrounding grounds in Mountain View, CA on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25th!

SATURDAY, JUNE 24

Moderated by Chris Hardwick.

A decade has passed since Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) was an actor on the hit (well, cult hit) sci-fi show, Spectrum. Wray’s career has stalled in the vacuum of space while his best friend and former co-star, Jack Moore’s (Nathan Fillion), has hit warp speed. Aided by his truly certifiable convention booker, Bobbie (Mindy Sterling), Wray navigates the sci-fi convention circuit alongside a host of colorful who’s-whos and has-beens. He struggles with the trappings of a stagnant career, the adoration of a rabid fanbase, and an industry that only sees him as a quirky spaceship pilot.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25

Hatched from Matt Groening’s brain, Futurama follows pizza guy Philip J. Fry (voiced by Billy West), who reawakens in 31st century New New York after a cryonics lab accident. Now part of the Planet Express delivery crew, Fry travels to the farthest reaches of the universe with his robot buddy Bender and cyclopsian love interest Leela, discovering freaky mutants, intergalactic conspiracies and other strange stuff. The panel will feature West (Philip J. Fry), Maurice LaMarche (Morbo) and Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad).

Moderated by Chris Hardwick.

Animaniacs LIVE! is a musical revue starring original cast members Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain) and Maurice LaMarche (Brain from Pinky and The Brain), accompanied by Emmy winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain pan.

Featuring a number of songs from the run of the show, Animaniacs LIVE! is based on the beloved WB cartoon Animaniacs which delighted television audiences from 1992 to 1998. Cartoon clips will be shown alongside the talent. In addition to the concert, Rob, Maurice and Randy share behind the scenes secrets about the making of the series! Whether you’re a lover of music, animation, or fun, experience Animaniacs like never before in Animaniacs LIVE!

Frank Miller Appears at Baltimore Comic Con 2017

Press Release:

You won’t want to miss the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place September 22-24 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce the addition of Frank Miller for a Friday-only appearance at our 2017 event.

Frank Miller is a comic book writer and artist, a screenwriter, a film director, and a movie producer. Originally from just down the street in Olney, MD, Frank was raised in Montpelier, VT, and eventually found his way to New York City and the comic book industry in the late 1970s.

Finding work in Gold Key Comics initially, he went on to work with DC and Marvel. At the latter, after recurring fill-in and cover artist gigs, he took over art and, eventually, writing duties on Daredevil. He co-plotted the Wolverine limited series with Chris Claremont, and would continue working on titles (his own and those of the companies for which he worked) including Sin City, Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, Elektra Lives Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and 300. In addition to his comic book work, Miller wrote the scripts for Robocop 2 and 3, directed the film version of The Spirit, shared directing duties with Robert Rodriguez on the Palme d’Or-nominated Sin City and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and produced the film 300. Eagle-eyed viewers can spot him in cameo roles in Robocop 2, Daredevil, Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and The Spirit. Miller is known for creating Elektra for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil series, and a female version of the Robin character, Carrie Kelley, for DC Comics.

Miller will be appearing on Friday only, and a limited number of tickets are available for fan interaction during his appearance. To purchase tickets to the Baltimore Comic-Con and the Frank Miller events specifically, please see our tickets webpage.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Harley’s Little Black Book), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Scott Ethan Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Toybox Time Machine: A Catalog of the Coolest Toys Never Made), Lee Bermejo (Batman: Noel), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Chris Campana (The Rhode Warrior), Richard Case (King: Jungle Jim), Elias Chatzoudis (Peepland), Frank Cho (Skybourne), Amy Chu (KISS), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Gerry Conway (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Dawn/Vampirella), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Joshua Dysart (Imperium, courtesy of Hero Initiative), G. D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Bob Fujitani (Doktor Solar), John Gallagher (Underdog), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Mike Gold (The Pilgrim), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Daniel Govar (A Year of Marvels: The Uncanny); Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Glenn Hauman (The Whisper Campaign), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Ken Hunt (Talon), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race), Brian Joines (Bill & Ted Go to Hell), Arvell M. Jones (Marvel Premiere), JG Jones (Batwoman), Justin Jordan (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern), Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Tony Kordos (Batman and Robin Eternal), Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales), Alisa Kwitney (Convergence Batgirl), Greg LaRocque (Stargate Atlantis: Hearts and Minds), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Mike Lilly (Red Agent), Joe Linsner (Harley Quinn), Nate Lovett (Actionverse featuring Midnight Tiger), Andrew MacLean (Headlopper), Elliot S. Maggin (Superman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Mike Manley (Judge Parker), David Marquez (Civil War II), Billy Martin (X-Men Gold), Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Ron Marz (Dread Gods), Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Steve McNiven (Secret Empire), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Frank Miller (Sin City), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Tony Moy (The X-Files: Season 10), Melody Often (Amazing Forest), Denny O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Tom Palmer (The Avengers), Tom Palmer (DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Dan Parent (Your Pal Archie), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Keith Pollard (Fantastic Four), Lyle Pollard (Scarlet Huntress), Tom Raney (Invincible Iron Man), Afua Richardson (Black Panther), Rafer Roberts (Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Bart Sears (Dread Gods), Louise Simonson (Faith), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Megan Sloane (Lark’s Killer), Andy Smith (Earth 2), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Charles Soule (Astonishing X-Men), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), John Totleben (Convergence: Swamp Thing), Billy Tucci (Shi), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Gus Vazquez (Big Hero 6), Mark Waid (Avengers), Michael Watkins (Pantha), Mark Wheatley (Doctor Who), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Bill Willingham (The Kamandi Challenge), Ron Wilson (The Thing), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), Marv Wolfman (Raven, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl), David Yardin (Jean Grey), Kelly Yates (Torchwood), and Thom Zahler (Time & Vine).

Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets!

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

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CA – Stan Lee Celebration

Join comics legend Stan Lee on Tuesday, July 18th at 11:00 AM at the TCL Chinese Theatre to celebrate his life and career. 

Press Release:

On July 18, and on the eve of San Diego Comic-Con, the iconic creator and force behind Marvel Comics, STAN LEE, will put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. Presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee, is the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organized and hosted by the fans.

“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan.

”Now, WE, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”

Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously, inspiring legions of fans.

According to his autobiography, Excelsior, “Lee put the human in the superhuman.”

Lee’s connection to fans immediately led him to Legion M’s unique model of being the first fan-owned entertainment company, and he has been supportive of Legion M since its launch in 2016. Legion M embodies the fan culture that Lee’s work launched, perpetuating a legacy that has impacted generations. By organizing and rallying the fans, celebrities, companies and anyone who has been positively impacted by Lee’s work, Legion M is paying a heartfelt, historic and overdue tribute to one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

“On behalf of Stan Lee and Stan Lee Collectibles, we’re deeply moved and appreciative of the groundswell of fan support Stan has always enjoyed, and we’re grateful that his fans have united together with Legion M to give him this great honor,” says Stan Lee Collectibles CEO Max Anderson.

As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a steady stream of box office.

In 2017, Stan will celebrate his 95th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary, along with the 78th anniversary of the day he first started as an assistant filling inkwells at Timely Comics – now Marvel Comics – which over a lifetime of work he helped turn into one of the biggest media brands in the world.

Fans are invited to get involved, attend the event (and after party), pay tribute to Stan, take home a piece of history and more by visiting the link…

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TCL Chinese Theatres
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 461-3331

NY – Animaniacs LIVE

Actor Rob Paulsen (Yakko Warner, Pinky) and composer Randy Rogel bring ANIMANIACS LIVE to the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Saturday, July 15th at 7:30 PM.  Get tickets at the link….

Animaniacs LIVE! is a musical revue starring original cast members Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from “Pinky and the Brain”), accompanied by Emmy winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain pan.

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Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, New York 11548
(516) 299-3100

OR – Revenge of the Nerd Signing

Actor Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds, American Dad, Better Off Dead) signs his new book at Powell’s Books on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:30pm.

A legendary comedic second banana, Curtis is forever cemented in the public imagination as Booger from Revenge of the Nerds – but there’s more to Curtis’ story than that. With whip-smart, self-effacing humor, Armstrong takes us on a most unlikely journey―one nerd’s hilarious, often touching rise to the middle.

CURTIS ARMSTRONG was born in Michigan in 1953. He divided his early years between Detroit—a town apparently so nerdy that the word “nerd” was coined there in 1949—and Geneva, Switzerland, which by comparison, wasn’t nerdy at all. Following a childhood spent mainly between the covers of books, Armstrong discovered the theatre.He studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rochester, Michigan, which led to a forty-plus year acting career that shows no signs of slowing. After eight years of stage work in New York and around the country, Armstrong was cast in his first film, Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise. It was the beginning of a string of classic comedy films and television shows, including Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer, TV’s Moonlighting and, most significantly, Revenge of the Nerds, in which he played the iconic role of Booger.Since then Armstrong, a nerd icon himself has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including, recently, Supernatural and New Girl. He co-created and co-hosted the hit comedy-reality show King of the Nerds, which brought his nerd narrative full circle. He is married to writer Elaine Aronson, and has one daughter, Lily.

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
503-228-4651

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